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A magical escape in Lapland’s igloo village.

This winter holiday resort will blow you away with its glass igloos, rustic log cabins and picturesque surroundings.

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Finnish Lapland is as close as reality gets to a fairy-tale winter wonderland. We all remember the stories surrounding the land of Father Christmas, with its vast population of reindeer and elves, its snow-cloaked forests and its enchanted sky. A stay in Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is like jumping into one of those dreamlike winter stories, where everywhere you look there’s snow and reindeer, log cabins and tall trees veiled in white.

Nestled in the heart of this beautiful region, within the vast fell area of Saariselka, 250km north of the Arctic Circle, lies the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort. It’s become a popular destination for winter breaks, whether as a romantic escape, a surprise getaway or a special family vacation.

This winter holiday offers a broad choice of accommodation, from rustic log cabins, glass igloos made for those who wish to admire the northern lights and the starry sky from their bed, and cosy Kelo cabins with their own conservatory-style glass igloo. The speciality at Kakslauttanen is their log cabins, built from the rare Kelo pine. Lapland’s cold and dry climate makes these silvery pines grow very slowly, eventually drying up and becoming a dead standing tree. As this high-density wood requires no manufacturing process, the cabins built from Kelo pine are ecologically friendly, free of preservatives, and have natural climate control.

The resort is divided into two villages. The East Village comprises a main reception building, which hosts a lovely 3-tiered restaurant with an open fire, 32 log cabins dotted throughout the forest, 20 glass igloos and between 5-8 snow rooms that are built each year. There is also a traditional Finnish house; a honeymoon cabin built from traditional turf; and the luxurious Queen Suite – replete with a 4-poster bed, a roll top bath, a rain shower, a sauna and a private outdoor hot tub.

The West Village holds 25 small and large log cabins, 33 small and 12 large glass igloos, 16 Kelo log cabins with their own protruding glass igloos, and the gold digger’s log cabins located on the banks of the Gold River. A short walk away from the Gold River is Santa’s home, the elf’s huts, and the Celebration House for special events and conferences.

The resort offers a prime location for viewing the magical northern lights, there’s even aurora-hunting expeditions organised by the resort where you can enjoy the panoramic views of the glowing Arctic sky on either a reindeer sleigh, a snow tank, a snowmobile or on skis. You can also take part in many more local activities like husky, reindeer and snowmobile safaris, horse-riding, sleigh rides, ice-fishing expeditions, snowboarding and skiing, and an icebreaker cruise where you can take a dip in the icy Bay of Bothnia in a dry suit.

Whether you’re a lover of snow and everything-Christmassy, or you’re just looking for a unique experience to share with friends and family, Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort has it all. What you’ll find there is perfection.

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